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Mexican Geological Survey visited Leiqiong UNESCO Global Geopark for inspiration

Source :Leiqiong Global Geopark, China Published :March 20, 2017

As part of the implementation of the co-operation agreement between China and Mexico on establishing geoparks in Mexico, Jose Luis Lee Moreno and Rosa Marla Tremari Trueba of the Mexican Geological Survey had visited Leiqiong Geopark on 9 and 10 March, 2017. They were accompanied by Professor Tao Kuiyuan and Dr Shen Jialin of the Nanjing Geological Survey to visit the iconic geosites such as the volcanoes and craters of Ma’anling and Fengluling, the lava tunnel of Seventy-Two Cave, the maar volcano at Shuangchiling and the surge tuff at Yiziling. The Mexican guests also visited the Tourist Centre and Science Museum to have a better understanding of the tourist management and science popularisation of the geopark. The interpretive boards and signs were studied in detail. They had also visited the adjacent Rongtang Ancient Village and the lycee plantation. There were plenty of ideas and experiences being exchanged during their visit. The two Mexican guests were impressed by the tremendous works Leiqiong had done in popularising geosciences through its interesting museum and interpretation system. They also appreciated the very obvious economic benefits brought by the geopark to the local people through sustainable tourism and economic development, particularly in the development of locally produced geopark products. Thorough discussion between Leiqiong and the Mexican geopark colleagues, Leiqiong’s experiences and future development ideas were shared without reservation. The Mexican visitors were very satisfied of their visit and looked forward to strengthening relationship between the two sides by maintaining regular exchanges of the two managements.


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